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St. Luke's dietitian on how to stay healthy at home

Created: May 11, 2020 10:42 AM

It can be hard to keep up healthy eating habits and schedules as everyone stays at home.

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A clinical dietitian at St. Luke's said there are strategies we can use to help keep ourselves and our families healthy right now.  

One thing you can do is make a schedule for when you'll be eating.  This will help keep you from snacking throughout the day. 

Also, plan ahead. This will help with cooking and grocery shopping.  Make sure the grocery list includes healthy and nutritious options. 

"Making sure that we are filling our plates with fruits and vegetables every day," Brenda Schwerdt, the Clinical Dietitian at St. Luke's said. "Fresh is great, but canned and frozen are just as good, looking for low sodium, like fruits that are canned in juice not syrup. Those are just as nutritious and good options as well."

Get your kids involved too.  Having them help with cooking and planning out meals will set them up for making healthy choices now and in the long run. 

"Asking them about things they would like from the grocery store, using this or that questions is really important with kids so instead of saying 'What vegetables can I get for you?' say 'Would you like carrots or cucumbers?" Schwerdt said.  

She also said to remember it is ok to give yourself grace during this crazy time.

If you have any health concerns, St. Luke's has staff available to help with your family, mental health, and dietitian needs.  Do not hesitate to reach out to your health care provider with any concerns. 

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